The cost and benefits of reduced manning for U.S. Naval combatants
Fleming, Matthew G
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The increasing cost of manpower in the United States Navy has generated a new initiative identified as Smart Ship. Smart Ship, or the uses of technology for manpower reduction, challenges the culture, tradition and policies of the Navy. The life cycle cost for surface combatants can be reduced following the guidelines of Smart Ship. However, limited analysis has been conducted into the material readiness cost associated with reduced manning. It was the goal of this thesis to concentrate on the cost and benefits of Smart Ship. A maximum savings of 0.54 percent of the total budget for the Department of the Navy is possible, using FY 1996 dollars. Through analysis conducted in the study, the current objective of reducing manpower costs has been determined to be risky and imprudent. Nevertheless, the United States Navy should pursue Smart Ship to enhance combat effectiveness and quality of life, thereby increasing fleet readiness, morale, productivity and retention. These factors will far outweigh any dollar savings from Smart Ship
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